Thrush in men
Thrush is a condition that affects both men and women. It is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus, Candida albicans. Most people, who develop a yeast infection are healthy, but the natural balance of their skin flora has been disturbed.
In men, thrush usually affects the head of the penis. Some of the early male thrush symptoms include an itchy penis head, soreness and inflammation of the head of the penis, swelling of the foreskin and an itching or burning sensation while urinating or having an intercourse.
Thrush is mainly developed in men with a foreskin constriction and those with a weakened immune system. You are more likely to get thrush if:
You have a foreskin constriction
You have a weakened immune system
You are taking antibiotics
You are suffering from diabetes
How to prevent and treat male thrush
Although a penile yeast infection is easily treated, it is always advised to take precautionary steps to lower the risk of developing one. Ensuring proper hygiene and going for loose-fitting, breathable clothing are some of the simplest and most effective actions to help you prevent male thrush.
You have been careful but still got thrush? Don’t worry – thrush is effectively treated with over-the-counter medication, which should relieve the first symptoms in 3 to 14 days. Some of the most popular thrush remedies include creams, applied to the head of the penis 2-3 times daily, such as Canesten V Cream 1%
Take a look at some additional prevention tips:
Wear loose clothes and breathable cotton underwear that is not too tight
Avoid using aggressive perfumed soaps or shower gels on your genitals
Clean your penis regularly and dry it properly after washing
Take a shower instead of long baths
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Expiry date: 31 December 2024